Though ineffective against Imperial Stormtroopers, chopsticks make much safer eating utensils than unwieldy lightsaber forks. Learn the ways of the food force with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare and drinks at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant. This Groupon is only valid for the San Francisco location.
Using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local producers whenever possible, Barracuda specializes in fresh sushi and specialty rolls in addition to small plates, entrees, and noodle bowls. Satisfy a cyclone-strength grumble storm with dinner starters such as Lollipop scallops tempura wrapped with prosciutto and topped with potato purée, tobiko, and aioli ($7.50), or edamame hummus, a soybean hummus with jalapeños and wonton chips ($6). The entree roster sparkles with depictions of the pan-seared rib eye with sautéed corn ($18.50) and the sizzling chicken teriyaki, skilleted with sautéed vegetables ($14.95). If meat isn't diners' cup of meat, sushi specials such as lightly torched Inferno scallops melt on tongues like buttery December snowflakes ($12.95), and the sashimi set can please fans of fresh fish ($18.95 for 12 pieces; $35.95 for 24 pieces). Delve into a magical undersea kingdom with Barracuda's wide variety of vibrant specialty rolls, such as the Castro, a cornucopia of tobiko, mango, avocado, and shiso layered with tuna, salmon, hamachi, white tuna, and izumi tai ($13.95). Barracuda also serves brunch on weekends, featuring fusion fare and bottomless mimosas ($9).
Celebrating five years in the Castro, Barracuda boasts a modern and relaxed interior that mollycoddles patrons with loads of natural light and a warm ambience. Commingle with locals over a potent potable, or bring along an entire chest of Russian nesting dolls to gobble up roll within roll within roll.
Barracuda Japanese Restaurant
Over the last five years, the chefs at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant have continually tinkered with their sushi, teriyaki, and noodle dishes, customizing the menu to fit each Barracuda location’s neighborhood and clientele. Using fresh fish and fruit sourced locally and sustainably whenever possible, the team crafts more than a dozen specialty rolls, including the Japanese Cowboy Roll, which matches crabmeat with mango, avocado, and thinly sliced Kobe beef. Staples such as chicken teriyaki rest side by side with more intricately prepared eats including pan-seared rib eye with mashed potatoes. Lit from underneath, the dining room’s dim orange walls surround potted plants and wooden tables that can accommodate groups of all sizes.
2251 Market St.
San Francisco, California 94114